Sometimes it seems more trouble than it’s worth to try to tease out truth from antiquated language.
But may I encourage you to find at least one quote a day that makes you stop and think?
It’s good exercise for the mind and the soul!
Here’s one I ran across just recently (with modern “translation” between stanzas):
Trade with the gifts God has given you.
Lend your minds to holy learning that
you may escape the fretting moth of
littleness of mind that would wear out your souls.
Be who you are-don’t spend time lamenting who you are not. Do the thing God has given YOU to do. Work the field God has given YOU to work.
Fill your mind with Truth from Scripture and from trusted sources. Enlarge your vision by embracing an eternal perspective lest the struggle of daily life eat holes in your hope like moths in a sweater. You might not realize it until you need it most, and then it won’t be serviceable.
Grace your wills to action that they may
may not be the spoils of weak desires
Train your hearts and lips to song which
gives courage to the soul.
Learn to act according to principle and not desire-rise above the moment and lean into the long view. Don’t give in to every lust that pops into your head-that only leads to sorrow and addiction.
Sing in the daylight when it’s easy and you feel like singing so that it’s a habit.
You will need it in the dark.
Being buffeted by trials, learn to laugh.
Being reproved, give thanks.
Having failed, determine to succeed.
Homily of St. Hilda, Abbess of Whitby, 657-680 A.D.
You are going to be knocked down, learn to laugh about it-or at least to smile.
You will be criticized, learn to receive it with thanks-there is usually some truth in it.
You will fail.
Don’t give up.
Try again and again and again.
May we never tire of doing what is good and right before our Lord because in His season we shall bring in a great harvest if we can just persist.
Galatians 6:9 VOICE